At home, it's easy to remember to look after your eyes properly. But when you go on holiday, the excitement can mean that eye care is low on the agenda. Whether you travel regularly or are just planning your annual holiday, it's important to remember eye care as part of your travel preparations.
Travel with contact lenses
Contact lenses take quite a lot of looking after, so if you wear them make sure that you take everything you need for the duration of your holiday. If you wear weekly lenses or monthly lenses, make sure you pack enough solution in your luggage (remember that liquids cannot be taken onto airplanes as hand luggage, so pack it in your main suitcase).
It's also a good idea to take at least one spare pair of contact lenses, as there's nothing worse than loosing one lens and not having a back up to get you through the rest of your holiday! It's also wise to make sure you have a pair of prescription glasses as well, to give your eyes a rest from the lenses during your break.
Protect your eyes from the sun
If you wear glasses, why not treat yourself to a pair of prescription sunglasses as well? These will protect your eyes from the glare of the sun without any loss of vision. If you're hiring a car, make sure you take your ordinary glasses for when you drive back in the dark; otherwise you may end up having to drive home in sunglasses. It is also worth knowing that it is a legal requirement to carry a spare pair of glasses if you drive in some countries.
You protect your skin with sun lotion when on holiday, so don't forget to protect your eyes against the sun too. Make sure when you are choosing a pair of sunglasses that they have 100% UV protection - as do all Sunglasses sold at Vision Express. A good pair of polarised sunglasses will not only filter out the harmful UV rays of the sun, which can be much more intense in more southerly locations than they are in the UK; they also help to reduce glare when on the water or on sands, even just on wet roads At Vision Express all of our kids glasses range come with UV protection as standard.
Keep your eyes comfortable when you travel
The re-circulated air in planes can often dry the surface of the eyes, making them uncomfortable, irritable and sore. So on long flights it may be advisable to remove your contact lenses for the duration of the flight and use an ordinary pair of prescription glasses. This will prevent your eyes from feeling 'gritty' and tired and mean that you're bright-eyed and ready to go when you step off the plane at your holiday destination.
Avoid eye infections
There's a good chance that you'll take part in some kind of water sports while away, so remember that water-borne bacteria can easily cause eye infections. If you're planning to do a lot of swimming, we advise not to swim in contact lenses, and suggest a pair of swimming goggles (prescription if required) which will not only protect your eyes against water-borne infections, but also help to protect your eyes against the glare of the sun.
Give your eyes a holiday!
By taking a few precautions, you can give your eyes a holiday as well and enjoy your break safe in the knowledge that you're protecting your most precious asset, your sight.